COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 27, 2017) – USA Volleyball and its 40 Regional Volleyball Associations (RVAs) will jointly launch the USA National Beach Tour in 2018. The USA National Beach Tour will serve as “The officially sanctioned beach tour of USA Volleyball” and its RVAs.
The USA National Beach Tour combines the USA Junior Beach Tour (run by USA Volleyball) and the American Beach Tour (run by the RVAs) into one sanctioned tour with participation opportunities for juniors and adults alike.
The USA National Beach Tour will be composed of more than 200 events staged across the country and will culminate with the Beach Regional Qualifiers and Beach National Qualifiers, which will offer players the opportunity to earn bids to the USA Beach National Championships.
“I am looking forward to working with the 40 regions of USA Volleyball to roll out the new USA National Beach Tour, and using our resources to enhance the national championship events,” USA Volleyball Manager of Beach Events Mark Paaluhi said.
“The USA National Beach Tour is a wonderful, collaborative effort by USA Volleyball and the 40 RVAs to provide top-notch beach competition opportunities from coast-to-coast for every player’s skill level,” said USA Volleyball Board of Director Donna Donaghy, who also serves as commissioner of the Northern California Volleyball Association. “From sand newcomers at the grassroots level to elite players aiming for a national title, this Tour offers opportunities for all players. We see the Tour as being a major spark to growing beach volleyball even faster and developing players for the next level.”
The Junior Beach National Championships (JBNC), which will take place in July, will have three divisions for both genders: National Open (bid), Regional Open (bid) and Patriot (non-bid).
Adult Beach National Championships (ABNC), which is anticipated to take place in September, will have divisions for men, women and coed in six different skill levels: Open, AAA, AA, A, BB and B.
USA Volleyball’s Beach High Performance plans to conduct Selection Camps before select Beach National Qualifiers, which gives the chosen athletes a path towards representing Team USA in age-group FIVB Beach World Championships and other international competitions.
“The co-location of USA Volleyball’s Beach National Qualifiers and the Beach High Performance Selection Camps allows juniors athletes the opportunity to compete and qualify for USA’s Beach National Championships as well as be trained and evaluated by top USA Beach coaches within USA Volleyball’s High Performance program,” USA Volleyball Manager of Beach High Performance Megan Burgdorf said. “This combined programming provides a cost-effective way for players to be identified for National programming and to experience high-level training and elite competition against other top beach athletes from across the country.”
About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the disciplines of beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball has over 360,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $31 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men's and women's senior national team programs for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball; youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education, certification programs and grassroots development across all disciplines. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, four Paralympic medals since 2004 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information on USA Volleyball, visit usavolleyball.org.
About USA Volleyball Regional Volleyball Associations
The 40 "Regional Volleyball Associations" (RVAs) of USA Volleyball are incorporated as not-for-profit entities and operate as Member Organizations of USA Volleyball. The RVAs are responsible for registering all 360,000+ USAV members and for delivering indoor and outdoor grassroots programming in the United States for both juniors and adults. The RVAs have elected representation to the USAV Board of Directors to support the mission of the regions. For more information on the RVA structure, click here.